Impressive Stocking Stuffer Ideas

If there was ever proof that good things come in small packages, the Christmas stocking is it. There’s no need to sweat the small stuff; start brainstorming creative stocking stuffer ideas by thinking of the things your family members love most.

To help, we’ve identified some of our favorite personality types and picked small Christmas gift ideas for each one. Each of the gifts is sized to fit into stockings, but substantial enough to make them realize how much you care.

And remember, set a budget for your each stocking stuffers. It's easy to get carried away by the little things.

Christmas Stockings Filled with Gifts

For the Dreamer

Dreamers delight in gifts designed to help them relax. Pack a stocking with all of the essentials for a relaxing bath —a scented candle, a beautiful soap dish, and a plush new towel. Include mini bowls or dishes to hold jewelry and other accessories. Download a special playlist for their iTunes account. And promise them a few hours of alone time to unwind.

For the Caffeine Addict

Help jump start their morning with a new ceramic coffee mug. Are they always on the go? Consider an insulated travel mug instead. Place a bag of artisanal, small batch coffee in the stocking with a note informing them of the monthly coffee subscription they’ll be receiving. Add in a measuring spoon or a tea bag squeezer to help them create the perfect cup. If they prefer cafe-style beverages with foam, consider a milk frother. Finish it off with a new tea towel—perfect for wiping up dribbles near the coffee maker.

For the Seasoned Cook

Say season’s greetings with a collection of gourmet spices to add to their spice rack. Pick out a cookbook that showcases recipes from their favorite region or one that will help inspire meals in their daily lives. Replenish their kitchen tools with new wooden spoons or spatulas. For the cook that has just about everything, consider gifting them with a sous vide cooker, a mortar and pestle, or a digital food scale. Add a set of decorative kitchen towels to complete the stocking.

Cute Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on your List

For the Game Player

Game night is not just for the kids anymore. Gift a set of wooden dice or a designer set of playing cards for your grown-up gamester. Carefully wrap an IPA glass, so they can enjoy their favorite brew while playing cards. Inspire game night snacks with popcorn seasoning to sprinkle on everyone’s favorite snack.

For the Neat Freak

Organize the perfect gift by channeling their sense of order. Keep them on schedule with a bedside alarm clock. Give them a small notebook for to-do list making, and include a new set of their favorite pens. Stash a mix of apothecary-crafted hand soaps, kitchen utility clips, and hand towels in their stocking.

For the Cocktail Lover

Mix things up with a gift that includes the essentials of a bar set: a bottle opener, jigger, long spade-end spoon, strainer, muddler, and shaker. Help them make the most of their home bar with a book of recipes. Add in designer ice molds that elevate the shape of the cube to balls, wedges, and large squares. Finish the stocking with their favorite bottle of wine or spirits.

For the Host and Hostess

Entertain the entertainers with gifts that help welcome friends and family into their home. Replenish their reserves with place card holders, new dessert plates and cocktail napkins. Surprise them with unique cheese plate markers, fancy cocktail picks and a set of coasters. But if you really want to guarantee an invitation back, write an IOU that promises to help them clean up in the kitchen.

For the Future Newlyweds

The holidays are extra special for friends who will be getting married. While you may want to wait until the wedding shower to gift them with wedding-themed items, you can add to their joy with thoughtful items they can use as they plan their wedding. Help them relax with wine bottle openers and their favorite bottle of wine. Consider adding a colorful vase or a picture frame. Taper candle holders with scented candles are also great stocking stuffer ideas for the future newlyweds.

Whatever you choose to stuff your stockings with, make sure your mantel is holiday-ready with our Christmas mantel decorating ideas. Need more ideas for stocking stuffers? Find something for everyone in our holiday gift guide.

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